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Caribbean Coral Restoration Perspectives

Our collection of articles and research where you can learn about projects we’ve worked on,  explore some of the sagas of establishing a coral restoration company in Panama, and the journey of our mission.

We’re In This Together…

We’re In This Together…

Our Perspectives  From Our Founder, Doug Marcy, on the COVID-19 Pandemic From where I stand, you cannot ignore the seriousness of the situation. The world we once knew has changed on many different levels. As always, when challenges arise, we can make a choice to...

Hope Spot Bocas Del Toro

Hope Spot Bocas Del Toro

Our Perspectives   Our boat approaches the area where we anchored four months ago and found a huge colony of elkhorn coral we had never seen before. The water of the Caribbean today is calm, and the visibility is the best we’ve seen in a while since it’s rainy...

Acropora Coral Rescue

Acropora Coral Rescue

We are on a mission to find as many healthy colonies as we can, recover clones that will thrive and seed future generations of these important corals, and to expand our nursery for the additional space needed to protect them.

Nursery Report: November 2019

Nursery Report: November 2019

Our Perspectives   Coral losses in the nursery lead to SFS joining us to research the causes Cloning, out-plants & construction updates Important visitors to the nursery Proposed site health report Late October, we suffered some serious coral losses in the...

Fundraising Campaign: An Additional Boat

Fundraising Campaign: An Additional Boat

We are currently attempting to manage the sites with one 8 person panga, one 4 person panga and the barge we use for setting artificial coral reef structures. What is desperately needed is another eight person craft that will safely transport people, equipment, and corals from site to site and from the main base to the individual sites.

Looking Back on 2019

Looking Back on 2019

It has been exactly one year since we were granted permissions by the Panamanian Marine authorities to collect damaged coral specimens from the sea and begin a coral nursery in the islands of Bocas del Toro.

The Business of Coral Restoration

The Business of Coral Restoration

How our organization is structured for international success and mission fulfillment.

Every project or enterprise must have the foundation of a professional establishment. Without this base, the structure and purpose of the endeavor cannot progress in a logical manner. Our organization requires a solid, well-oiled mechanism at its functional roots to assure the longevity of any long or short-term effort.

Community Build Event: Pargo Point

Community Build Event: Pargo Point

Pargo Point Community Build is an informal kickoff to this program in partnership with Floating Doctors. The vision is big. Our goals are immense. But we aspire to recovering the marine ecosystems here in the South Caribbean, and this small step forward is a big one for Coral Restoration.

Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

Our Perspectives  We answer your most pressing questions... In this article we're sharing answers to the questions we get asked the most about Coral Restoration Panama.   How long has Coral Restoration Panama been in existence? We have been operating in reef...

Looking Back on 2018

Looking Back on 2018

It’s been a very eventful year in our project. The end of the year is rolling around so quickly, we decided to take the opportunity to touch base and share some good news and important updates with you.

Waiting is the Hardest Part

Waiting is the Hardest Part

For over three years we have been striving to receive our official permissions to practice coral restoration using nursery propagation and out-planting techniques.

A New Perspective

A New Perspective

Everywhere you turn, it’s doom and gloom. Our information sources in today’s world are dominated by sensationalism.

Response to Challenges

Response to Challenges

Our Perspectives   The science guiding the action... Occasionally I will relate some detail about marine eco-systems or restoration methodologies that produce a response challenging my expertise and or methodology. I am always open to criticism and hope that it...

Behind the Curtain

Behind the Curtain

everal years ago, when I started the Coral Restoration Panama project, I had no idea of the depth of complexity behind what I wanted to accomplish. On the surface, it all looks pretty simple and straightforward.

A Light in the Water

A Light in the Water

Our Perspectives   It has been almost three years since Coral Restoration Panama was founded and began working to help restore the reefs and fisheries systems in the waters of Bocas del Toro, Panama. During that time, we have seen many changes, some good and some...

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